Beth Dougherty (founding member) Beth has been doing improv on and off since childhood, and performed with former Philadelphia groups Polywumpus and 13 Skirts. By day she is a nonprofit lawyer, and at night she hangs out with her husband and son. She doesn’t get out much anymore, and is always looking for babysitters.
Ed Miller is thrilled to be a part of Tongue and Groove! Ed is an actor, director, and writer from the Philadelphia area. He has worked with the Arden Theatre, Theatre Exile, Swim Pony, The IRC, and Secret Room Theatre. Ed spent 3 years living and teaching in South Korea where he also made time to act, direct, and serve on the board of Seoul Players. He was a founding member of SCI: Seoul City Improv and graced the TV screens for young "English-hungry" Koreans on such programs as "Story Time", "T-Girl!", and "Cooking with Red Hood".Thanks to Bobbi and all the fellow "groovers" for their support
Fred Siegel is an 11 year veteran of Comedysportz Philly, a magician (fredsmagicworld.com), a memoirist, and a teacher/administrator at Drexel University. He has appeared in seven Philly Fringe Festivals, most recently with his one-man show “Man of Mystery.” He also has one-eighth of a Barrymore Award for Best Ensemble in Karen Getz’s Suburban Love Songs, (1812 Productions, 2008).
Carrie Spaulding (founding member) credits much of her improv ability to a childhood of intensely competitive family charades "games" (think twice before you come home with her for the holidays). More formally--or at least, more publicly--she has taught, directed, and performed improv for the past 14 years. When she's not building imaginary relationships on stage with Tongue & Groove or taking down other Spauldings one syllable at a time, Carrie coaches thirtysomethings on career, relationship, and other goals, and helps parents and educators raise resilient children. (www.carriespaulding.com).
Carol Moog, PhD (musician) is the clinical director of the Social Learning Disorders Program at the University of PA and the psychologist at The Miquon School. In her private practice, she works with children and adults, particularly people with social anxiety disorders and Aspergers using a wide range of creative approaches based in her training and experience as a theater improvisor/actor (ImagineAct.com, relationshiptheater.com), professional harmonica player (www.carolmoog.com, Tattar, Tucker and Moog) and communications/advertising consultant (Creative Focus). She is thrilled and proud to be a member of Tongue and Groove. In her free time, she tries to catch her breath.
Bobbi Block (Producing Artistic Director and Founder) performs with Barrymore Award Recipient ComedySportz, where she was co-producer and education director for fifteen years and artistic director for two. In addition, Bobbi performed longform improv with LunchLady Doris for twelve years and with the interdisciplinary improv group Playback Philadelphia for four years. For the 2007 Philly Live Arts Festival, she conceived and directed LEAP: The Actors’ Improv Experiment, in which she trained veteran, award-winning scripted actors in the art of improv. Bobbi is the recipient of the 2008 City Paper Award “Actress Who will Lead Improv to the Promised Land.”
Bobbi studied with master improvisers at renowned theatre centers such as The Second City, ImprovOlympic, the Annoyance Theatre, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and the New Actors Workshop. Bobbi has a master’s degree in theatre, teaches Improvisation at Temple University and Drexel University, and has taught improv at The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Bucks County Community College, the Wilma Theater, the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, ComedySportz, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), and in private classes.
Bobbi has taught improvisational theater internationally, including Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Germany, and, most recently, New Zealand. She has taught T&G's signature format, SECRETS, which is being performed by theater companies in Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, and Wellington, NZ.
Check out Bobbi’s other career as an Executive Coach and Communication Skills Facilitator at bobbiblock.com.
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Noah Herman is thrilled to be a part of Tongue and Groove! A Philly native, Noah is a company member and the Education Director of ComedySportz, Philadelphia's longest running improv show. He is the Assistant to the Artistic Director at 1812 Productions, where he directed Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Romantic Comedy last fall. Other recent directing credits The Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly (Walnut Street Theatre Kids' Series), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The College of New Jersey), and Noises Off (Broadway Theatre of Pitman.) His work has also been seen at Flashpoint Theatre Company, where he spent three seasons as the Audience Services Manager. Many thanks to Bobbi for the great opportunity to create spontaneous theatre with Tongue and Groove!
Megan Bellwoar is an actress, director, educator and long-time member of the Philadelphia theatre community. Credits include Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Inis Nua, People’s Light & Theatre, PA Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Theatre Company and 1812 Productions. Her work in Lantern’s BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE was recently cited as one of 2013’s best performances by the Philadelphia Weekly. She was a 6-year member of Comedy Sportz-Philadelphia. Megan teaches and directs at Abington Friends School..
Seth Reichgott is excited to join Tongue &Groove. A Philadelphia-based actor, director, and writer, Seth has acted with the Wilma Theater, Interact, Lantern Theatre, Cape May Stage, the Arden Theatre, and Mum Puppettheatre, among many others. He has directed for Interact, Act II Playhouse, Cape May Stage, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and the National Theatre of the Performing Arts. Seth has twice been a co-recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble, and was nominated for a 2010 Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Actor. Each year Seth tours his solo Greek mythology show, Chariot of the Sun, to elementary and middle schools across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. For more, visit www.sethreichgott.com
Matt Lydon is suitably elated to join Tongue & Groove for his first show! Growing up in the suburbs northeast of Philly, Matt has been learning, performing and teaching improv in one form or another, for 15 years. Seven of those years he spent with ComedySportz Philly. More recently, Matt has appeared onstage in "Inherit the Wind" (Bristol Riverside Theater) and in "Bright and Bold Beauty Box Radio Hour" (Figment Theater). A teacher by vocation, Matt teaches life skills to teenagers during the day and helps kids with homework and becoming good people at an afterschool program he helps coordinate in the evening. Many thanks to Bobbi, and much love to Liz.
New Members for 2017! New members Joy Weir, Josh Holober-Ward and Tanesha Ford debut Spring '17. Check back here for headshots and bios soon!